Air travel is not only about convenience in long-distance travel but also about luxury and comfort. Different airlines around the world have different unique selling propositions. Most airlines try to keep their business and first class at par with standards, but it’s the economy class that deserves the most attention because the line between comfort and misery is very thin for flyers.
Ticket fares are perhaps the most important factor in influencing flyers’ choice of airlines. But airlines are evaluated by keeping a number of factors in mind, such as comfort, boarding procedures, customer service, product offerings, catering and not to forget, financial performance. Given these factors, airlines from Asia seem to outperform those from North America, with many reaching the top ranks in evaluation surveys.
Based on a rigorous evaluation, these are currently the best airlines in the world:
Thai Airways rightly takes the first spot in this list. Founded in 1988, Thailand’s flag carrier airline is headquartered in Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Chatuchak District, Bangkok. The airline primarily operates out of Suvarnabhumi Airport. The airline offers three cabin services- Royal First Class, Royal Silk Class (Business Class) and Economy Class. The excellence in the cabin services, hygiene, ground services and catering certainly makes Thai Airways the best airline in the world today.
Yet another Asian airline that’s rocking the skies is Singapore Airlines, which is the flag carrier airline of Singapore. The airline operates out of its hub in Singapore’s Changi Airport and makes use of the “Singapore Girl” as its corporate identity. Singapore Airlines ranks amongst the top fifteen airlines in the world when it comes to revenue passenger kilometre. The airline’s latest upgrade to A380 Airbus is another factor that has contributed immensely towards its success.
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand has been named the best airline in the world for the fifth consecutive year. It’s financial performance, environmental leadership, in-flight innovations, luxurious fleet and staff motivation surpass that of most other airlines. These factors par excellence make Air New Zealand a trendsetter in the aviation industry. Although the airline doesn’t have a dedicated Business Class or First Class, the overwhelmingly high number of passengers flying on Air New Zealand certainly makes it the winner.
The flag carrier of Australia, Qantas Airways, is perhaps the country’s largest airline company by the size of the fleet and international flights. It’s also the third oldest airline in the world which was founded in 1920 with its headquarters in Sydney. The flying Kangaroo creates a memorable brand identity for the airline, which also operates a number of subsidiaries in the Australian market. Qantas Airways is truly a preferred choice of many flyers owing its high approval ratings.
Last on the list is Etihad Airways, which is the flag carrier airline of the UAE. It’s also the second-largest airline in the country after Emirates. It operates more than 1,000 flights in a week from its main base, which is Abu Dhabi International Airport. Although the airline faced losses, it still continues to provide an excellent in-flight experience, thus making it one of the best airlines in the world.